Breast cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK (2014), accounting for 7% of all cancer deaths. In females in the UK, it is the second most common cause of cancer death (accounting for 15% of all female cancer deaths). In males, it accounts for less than 1% of all male cancer deaths,[1-3]
In 2014, there were 11,433 breast cancer deaths in the UK: 11,360 (99%) in females and 73 (1%) in males, giving a female:male ratio of around 1,556:10.[1-3] The crude mortality rate shows that there are around 35 breast cancer deaths for every 100,000 females in the UK and less than 1 for every 100,000 males.
Breast Cancer (C50), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2014
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||0.2||0.2||0.0||-0.1||0.2|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||0.3||0.7||0.7||0.8||0.4|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||33.8||32.2||31.2||33.7||33.9|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||35.2||36.5||36.8||42.0||35.2|
95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper
Female breast cancer mortality rates throughout the UK shows very little variation between health boundaries.[4,5]
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases.
- Data were provided by the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables.
- Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm.
- NCIN. Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Cancer Network, UK, 2005. London: NCIN; 2008.
- NCIN. Cancer e-Atlas. European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, UK (England: former Primary Care Trusts; Wales; Scotland: NHS Health Boards; Northern Ireland: Health and Social Care Trusts), 2009-2011.